On the surface I’m supposed to be enjoying the view from my stay at the Westin overlooking the Mississippi River. As I eat my breakfast and prepare for the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice HBCU Climate Change Conference. The first thoughts that pop up in my mind were the tens of thousands of slaves who passed through on this very same passage of the Mississippi River in New Orleans.
Smart Cities around the world are finding innovative ways to improve the quality of life of their citizens by the use of technology, analytics and efficiency of operations. One challenge in American cities is the issue of “food deserts”. The USDA defines food deserts as areas that don’t have ready access to fresh healthy food, specifically residents who live more than a mile away from fresh produce. In New York City 75% of its population are able to walk within 5 minutes and have access fresh food. In Atlanta, Ga only 15% of the population is within a 5 minute walking distance of fresh produce.
#BlackHistory Do you realize when they arrest a persons from the city (urban areas) they often after sentencing shipped to a rural prison (most are private prisons) in mostly white areas. Studies have shown African Americans are disproportionately arrested for crimes, get harsher penalties and serve longer prison terms. Now WATCH WHAT HAPPENS, that prisoner cannot vote BUT he now counts towards the voting block of that mostly white rural area because he is counted as part of the population according to the Census Bureau.